*** I just want to quickly note that all is well on the training homefront! I am still enjoying it, despite no weight loss. I have, however, lost about 5.5 inches overall, so that’s great- and I’m feeling stronger and noticing my body changing… While the weight thing is still something that I want to happen, I am not placing as much importance on it as I once was.***
So I had a discussion the other day with a coworker and I confessed to her that I think I have a sugar addiction. We both sort of laughed but then began comparing our own signs and symptoms…sometimes achey without it, always needing something sweet after meals, etc. and then she confessed she did too. We knew it was serious. While we both know that excessive intake of anything isn’t very good- we didn’t realize that we were, in fact, ingesting much too much sugar. I should note too- I know that “everything in moderation” is key- but my sugar consumption is not moderate. Later that night I went to the ‘net to search more about sugar. I Googled “Sugar Addiction” and the most common name that appeared was Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons:
“Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. has designed a program to heal your body’s sugar sensitivity and bring it into balance. She is a pioneer in the field of addictive nutrition and was the first to give sugar sensitivity a name. She understands your issues and knows the huge impact sugar has on your body and mind.
When Dr. DesMaisons first developed her revolutionary program, she was running a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. She recognized that the alcoholics she was working with were also sugar addicts. When she addressed their sugar addiction by adding a nutritional component to the traditional treatment for alcoholism, she had an unparalleled success rate of 92%, even among long-term, hardcore alcoholics.
Dr. DesMaisons introduced her nutritional program for healing sugar sensitivity to the world in 1998 in her first book Potatoes Not Prozac. In it she outlined seven steps to restore balance in the sugar-sensitive brain and body. These steps work by using nutrition to balance blood sugar, raise serotonin and keep beta endorphins at optimal levels. This changes the body’s sugar-sensitive biochemistry and has an enormous effect on self-esteem and well-being.” ( Source: www.radiantrecovery.com )
I also listened to a podcast on iTunes ( Healthy You! radio) with Dr. DesMaisons as a guest.
I figure- this lady knows her shit. She is really interesting and she has an innovative approach to addictions. I started to really think about this, and I knew-
I have a sugar addiction.
That is sort of hard to admit, and I’ll be honest a little embarrassing, but if I’m being real here then I need to either say that out loud or write it down.
So what do I do?
I went to Barnes and Noble and perused the health section for about 2 hours. I was that girl sitting in the middle of the aisle with books all around, comparing authors and credentials, and trying to find the best book for me. I ended up grabbing one ( which I am not going to reveal just yet) and it identifies moods, behaviors, diet, nutrition, and exercise which all surrounded sugar sensitivity and belly problems.
I am going to follow a reduced sugar regimen (or detox- but I hate that word) for the next 6 days, starting tomorrow April 11th, 2010.
– Eliminate all sugar– added sugars, highly refined white flour or sugar, and sugar substitutes. No desserts, candy, juice, honey, soda, etc. unless it is sugar free!
–Only eat low-glycemic fruits, if any at all- Don’t get all huffy- I know they have lots of vitamins- HOWEVER- I’ll be getting vitamins from many types of veggies and greens as well as supplementing too.
– Get plenty of sleep
– Drink LOTS of water
– Eat small frequent meals- to eliminate cravings
-Journal (here hopefully)
So there you have it. I am looking forward to this, but I know that it WILL BE VERY HARD. VERY HARD. One more time: VERY HARD.
I am willing to try this. I want to know if I have been suppressing my feelings and sabotaging my weight loss. I want to get to the root of things and be the happier me I know I can be!
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